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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Elf and other stuff

Well we have been doing so much! The elf visited us for the first time today and the kids named him Chip Chip. He is off to the North Pole tonight to relay who was naughty and nice. One poor boy touched him today and the kids were devastated that he would loose his powers. He wrote an apology letter to Santa and we are hoping he got his powers back!

We began Christmas Around the a world and we began in America. We made star Santa ornaments and put them on our tree.

Last week we made elves to prepare for our fairy tale The Elves and the Shoemaker.

Our hallway is decorated with snowman paintings that can hang out all winter. We will add how to build a snowman writings later. It's still warm here !!
Pics of our snowmen coming tomorrow.
O

Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 days of Christmas!



Go to Oh Boy Fourth Grade and enter her 12 days of Christmas giveaway!! It is TREE mendous! Looks like 12 days of fun for me!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A great board resource!

We Give Books is a great website to use on your board! Every time you read a book they donate a book to the place of your choosing. It is a great resource and there are some great holiday books on there too! Thanks to my one of my third grade team members for showing this to me!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Showing Support

I am joining in this LINKY party to show my support. There is a fellow blogger who is battling cancer again.
I know what that is like let me tell you. I have had cancer 4 times and have beat it each time. It is a battle, that is for sure, but with great friends and family anything is possible. It is a SCARY time especially when they say that dreaded “C” word. It is like your whole world drops from under you. So lets show our support for her and everyone we know who has been touched by cancer. Go to her site at Cooperative Learning 365 to link up.




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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Turkey art, elasped time, and "Little Grunt and the Big Egg"

This past week we finished our 9 weeks testing...whew!

Friday we had some time to do some turkey art ( I LOVE doing art projects with the kids!). Thanks to one of my awesome third grade team for the idea! We outlined a turkey in many different colors with our crayons, cut them out, then painted them with watercolors. The result was some beautiful turkeys! We are going to have these displayed in the hallways with our turkey writing. I still haven't decided if I want to write about turkey facts (would work well as one of our writing portfolio pieces) or a persuasive writing from the turkey's point of view about why we should eat something different for Thanksgiving.

This coming week we are working on time (units of time, and elapsed time...this is a hard one!). Our next story is "Little Grunt and the Big Egg". I am off to the land of the Internet to search for some great ideas for these two units. If you have any to share please leave me a comment or email me at kymberlychamblee@wcps.org. Thanks!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Witch's Hats

I made these for my homework club kids. They get to have lunch with me annd enjoy this treat. This was all the creativity I could muster but they are cute. A friend made awesome monter eyeball cupcakes....so cool!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Phases of the moon

This week we will be focusing on the phases of the moon. I have so much planned to do with this:
1. Read LOTS of books about the moon
2. The students will take home a calendar and a "moon finder" a sheet of paper with a rectangle cut out of the middle. They will track the phases of the moon this month.
3. Watch Bill Nye the Science Guy video about the moon.
4. A great parent and student brought in a model of the moon that lights up to show the phases of the moon...very cool!
5. Color and put the phases of the moon in order.

Any other ideas out there? I am excited to teach about the moon this week. Last week it was the sun and the earth. I need to find a way to show the students the constellations...they were asking about them. I am sure there is a great website out there somewhere...time to get hunting!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rounding and Other Stuff

Rounding and Other Stuff

I know I haven’t blogged in a while. But things have been hectic at school and home but more about that in a minute. Right now I am working on lesson plans for rounding for third graders. I have taught rounding in second grade but not in depth. In third we are hitting the rounding unit hard this week! I have a few chants, rhymes, and songs I have found either through my wonderful coworkers or online. I also found an idea of making either a number line or poster boards with numbers on them (starting with the 10’s). Then have the students get an index card and stand between the two 10’s their number comes between. Then have them hop to the 10 they are closer to. I figured this would engage my kinesthetic learners. I am looking for more ideas. If you have any please leave me a comment. I searched TPT and teacher’s notebook but couldn’t find anything. I would love some different activities including some kind of art or bulletin board activity. I KNOW you all have some great ideas please share with this “new to third” grade teacher! Thank you in advance!!!!!!!!!
Our house has been falling to pieces the past few weeks. We have had no AC for almost 2 weeks now. The part has been ordered and is being shipped. We have all the windows open and a BUNCH of fans going. But this has caused the house to feel sticky and humid (it has been rainy the past 3 days and it is very moist outside). Now the bugs are coming in. AHHH!!! Our newest issue is that our freezer/refrigerator has quit as of Thursday night. So ALL the food in it had to go. Now we are living from a cooler to have cold drinks and eating out for every meal. They are supposed to come look at it Monday (tomorrow) and HOPEFULLY it won’t take a WEEK for the part to get it. I am crossing my fingers that it will be fixed on the spot.
School has been hectic with paperwork, new paperwork, and more paperwork. We are starting RTI and I am chair of the SAT committee so I am in charge of meeting, preparing the paperwork, and getting intervention strategies for EACH child that is struggling in grades K-2. It is a bit overwhelming. I have been doing it for 3 years but this year I have lost some of my team members so more of it is on me.
I would love to be creating cute ideas for these units I am teaching but I just don’t have the time. So I am searching your wonderful blogs and looking for your wonderful ideas!!

I am also preparing units on the Earth and Sun, Johnny Appleseed, and shortly line plots. If you have any ideas or resources on these I would love to hear them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

TESTING, TESTING, TESTING....Ready to move on!

I know I haven't blogged lately but I have been so busy at work. We are currently doing 3D Reading testing on all of our students. This takes SO much time but is great information. We test them individually on their reading level (this takes the LONGEST), fluency, word use, and comprehension. It is a wonderful program but I have to test each student one-on-one and we have a due date that is quickly approaching. Needless to say I haven't been able to get into my teaching groove. Right now it is basically morning work, TESTING, quick lesson, TESTING, Lunch, TESTING, quick lesson, specials, recess, journal writing. I can't WAIT for this testing to be over so I can get to the GOOD stuff!!!!!!!!!!    Not to mention if I hear the same story read one more time I feel like I will bang my head on the table!

I did read a really interesting blog this weekend about using the story The Principal From the Black Lagoon and having the principal come in to be interviewed. She then compared and contrasted the two principals. I think I will tie this in with my lesson on Officer Buckle and our poems about community helpers/ :)I am going to try to fit that in this week between testing. It was a great idea but I can't remember where I saw it at. If you know please leave me a comment so I can give credit. THANKS!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

How to Earn 5000 bonus points through scholastic

If you all are like me you LOVE scholastic book orders. I love their books so much. I believe that they have great quality stuff for a small price. Every year at the begnning of the school year they have a deal where you can earn some SERIOUS points. I use the points to fill up my classroom library and get the kids some books for part of their Christmas presents. I have been following Laura Chandler for a long time now and have even been lucky enough to attended one of her workshops.
We were going to have another but funds were cut :( 

 She is GREAT! On her site right now you can find directions on how to earn 5000 bonus points for your classroom. She also posted a letter to send home to the parents, stars to color as your class works towards their goal of an order of $275, and certificates for the students that order. I have used this for several years and it WORKS! Good luck everyone and enjoy spending those points!!

http://www.lauracandler.com/backtoschool.php

or try this

Laura Candler

Alive and kicking!

Hello everyone! I wanted to check in bloggy world. My little darlings started last week and I was exhausted!With changing grade levels and classrooms I have been staying at school very late everyday to get prepared and feel prepared. I have such sweet little babies and we had a great 2 first days. 
We learned our routines, expectations, read some great books, started multiplication and cursive. (I am so glad no one is watching me teach cursive...the way I explain things is crazy!)

I am trying to get into the swing of things. Since I have moved from 2nd to 3rd I feel like I am a first year teacher again. Learning the curriculum and the WAY they teach it. I know I will come up with my own way and add my own swagger but for right now I just want to know what my grade level has been doing and what has worked for them.

I am very excited to teach 3rd grade though...everything is fresh and new and exciting!!

I will be making some things to add to my blog soon to share with everyone. I am planning on spending this weekend getting prepared for our first full week with the kids next week. We are diving in with the curriculum.

Hurricane Irene has hit us here in North Carolina and luckily we have kept power (we are some of the few!) and we have no damage. So I have been working on lesson plans all day and searching for FUN creative ideas. We are diving into Place Value, Expanded notation, and Comparing numbers this week. IF you have any creative ideas please share!!

Thanks! See ya later alligators!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

AMAZING hallway displays

THE MOST AMAZING hallway displays I have ever seen! Check these out. I am SO jealous. What a creative group! From The First Grade Parade.

WOW!!

Updated Pics....still not done!








Here are some updated pics of my room. It is still not done but it has come OH SO far from when I moved all the boxes in. I plan on getting some stuff done at home this weekend and maybe heading out to school tomorrow for a few minutes. We have Open House on Tuesday so Monday is the last day I have to get all the finishing touches together. We have a workshop ALL day Wednesday and the kiddos come on Thursday. So that means that lesson plans need to be ready and in place by Tuesday before they get there otherwise I will be scrambling at the last minute. OH WOW! I have so much to do.....it may be a few days before I am back so have a good weekend and week!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wanted: Reading Posters

Hello bloggy friends…I KNOW you can help me here. Where could I find posters to print to go on my wall in my reading center? Thanks for the help!
I know I haven’t blogged in a while but I have been so busy trying to put my room together that I just come home and go straight to bed! I will be uploading pictures tomorrow. Have a good night!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Exhaustion day number TWO. OMF= OH MY FEET!!! I forgot what it feels like to stand for 8-10 hours at a timeon tile floor. My whole legs hurt! I got A LOT done today but I have so much more to do. Tomorrow is our first “official” day back. I was trying to get a head start so that I wouldn’t get stressed. I am starting to feel like this is my classroom and am cleaning out in the process! Tomorrow’s list is VERY long but it will all get done. Here are some pics of the progress from yesterday.
My reading center and listening center. I was able to keep one cozy place in the room :)


I had a hard time getting my desks to fit in this small room. I want SOME floor space left so I can call them to the carpet.
Yes, You can actually see the floor. That was my goal for today :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Exhausted

Holy exhaustion! (A quote from fellow blogger at "Oh the Places We'll Go") I moved ALL my stuff today to my new room. I moved furniture and boxes for 6 hours after our morning meeting at 8 am. So tired I think I will call it an early night!! As you can see from the pictures I still have SO much left to do. I know I'm not the only one out there in bloggy land that has moved classroom and is exhausted. To all of you I give you a high five , at least I would if I could muster the energy to raise my hand! I will post the progress as it comes, inch by inch.




Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lakeshore Learning Giveaway

Over at Third Grade Bookworm (the newest blog I am following), you will find a giveaway for some AWESOME smart board resources! I am REALLY hoping to win this one! I think my students would really get into these games and learn so much at the same time. Check out her blog and her great ideas while you are there J

Friday, August 12, 2011

Classroom Mangement Series

Check out Clutter Free CLASSROOM and her new series! I'm excited. Posting from my phone...computer down :(

My computer is now back up. I wanted to add that if you have never been to Clutter Free Classroom you really need to check it out. It has so many great ideas!! You will be adding it to your list, I promise!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Craft Day!!

Today was craft day for me! I made:
1. My bucket filling pocket chart (thank you to 3rd Grade’s a Hoot for the buckets and posters J)
**I will be adding my student's names once I get my class list.

2. A crayon box to put all my crayon scraps in (thanks to Pinterest)

3. A place value banner (thanks to 3rd Grades a Hoot again!)

4. A finished work basket ( I got the idea from Clutter Free Classroom: Thank you Clutter Free ClassroomJ).



I feel like I am off to a good start for this year! However my spare room looks like a tornado hit it and left parts of my classroom everywhere. I can’t wait to get into my classroom Monday (ugh!) afternoon and start moving furniture so that I can decorate it!!!

Thank you to all these wonderful blogs with your great ideas! I couldn't have done any of this without your wonderful ideas!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Clip Board Craft for the day

Clip Board Craft
I have been making a list of all these wonderful crafts I want to make that I am seeing on these blogs. Today I decided to redo my old boring clipboard. I am going to use it for my homework log and hang it on the wall. I bought some of that new funky duct tape and covered it. Easy Peasy. I then added some ribbon I had hanging around the house. I think I want to pick up some thicker ribbon to add to it. I am excited about my new ONE of a kind clipboard J
Excuse the picture quality I took it with my phone. My camera is MIA.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Party Snack Ideas

I am hosting a 31 party for a friend of mine. Anyone have any suggestions for easy snack ideas? Thanks in advance!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Laminator Help

I WILL be buying a laminator today. I just don’t know where from. Walmart, Target, and Sams seem to have similar ones. Any reviews from my fellow teachers?

I'm Back

I am back from our vacation and I am having BLOG withdrawal! One more week left and then I am back at work. I have SO much left to make and do with all these wonderful ideas I have seen while blog stalking J

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Organizational Notebooks for Students


Help!
I had recently read on someone’s blog about notebooks they put together. They used dividers and had resources for the students in their notebooks. They used the hard binders. I was going to look back at it and make one but I can’t find which blog it was on. IF YOU KNOW PLEASE POST a comment with the name of the blog! Thank you!!

Give Away Contest

Oh Boy 4th Grade is having a Give Away Contest. You could win some amazing graphic sets. They are giving away the whole store! The artists names are Joli and Kelli. Together they own ScrapDelicious!!!
ScrapALatte and Tallula Moon have TEACHER FRIENDLY graphics and papers and alpha sets!!!

I just saw this today so you only have one more day to enter! Good luck everyone! I never win anything but I am crossing my fingers anyway J

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Clip Chart /Behavior Chart

I have seen many different people post about their behavior charts and I thought I would share mine again. It is a little different than the others I have seen. We did ours like a Caterpillar since life cycles was a big unit for us in 2nd grade.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Greatest giveaway of the summer!

Greatest Giveaway!
Are you ready to go Back to School?  Erica Bohrer is hosting a Back to School Bonanza Giveaway that should help you get in the mood!  Twelve fabulous bloggers have teamed up with her to give one lucky winner a huge back to school prize pack! You have until July 28th to enter!

Please also check out my first freebie below. I am slowly but surely working on making some cute stuff for you guys!!!

Freebie Alert

Freebie

Ok, so I am trying to prepare for our first story of the year and playing with making cute files to share with everyone. Here is my second attempt at making something. I am going to put a big focus on character traits this year so I figured why not start out with this J


Officer Buckle and Gloria

Friday, July 22, 2011

Folders, Baskets, and Buckets Oh My!

Target Dollar Spot Finds
Ok, so I only went to Target to get TWO things. That didn’t happen. I visited the dollar spot and ran into so many things that coordinated with my new look that I just had to scoop them up! I was so engaged at looking through the stuff that I sat right on the floor and was digging through a pile!

This is my coordinating stuff. I am doing black and white polka dots with green and pink in my room. I LOVE the file folder boxes.


This is the rocking chair I painted for my classroom last year.
I found these stickers. I am not sure how I will use them yet but I am sure I will find something!





We used to get a grade book each year from the office but with budget cuts I think we will have to buy our own. This is soooooo much cheaper than the one I saw in the teacher store yesterday.

A set of book marks to give out as rewards. This goes along with some stickers I made through Vista Print that say High Five for good work J

A set of 6 “The Wind in the Willows” books for Literature Circles.


Smarties for my “smarties”to place on the students desks for open house night. This also helps me keep track of who came that night and who didn’t. 
The dollar spot can be dangerous!
I am doing “Bucket Filling” this year so I got a big bucket and a little one J

Thursday, July 21, 2011

This is a trial...

Birthday GraphI tried to create a graph on this in word. It showed up in word but then when I changed it to a PDF the lines I had for the graph disappeared. I tried it several ways. I know there are some blogger wizards out there who can help me figure this out so I can start creating great documents. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

How do you do it?

How do you do it?
I would love to create cute things like all of you wonderful bloggers. Especially on TPT.those are some great items! I just dont know how you do it. How do you make it look so cute and nice? Do you buy clipart? What program do you create it in? Powerpoint? Word? Publisher? I want to include some freebies on my site but I dont know how. Thank you to all my fellow blogger buddies!

Back to School Giveaways

"Teaching Heart ( www.teachingheart.net ) is hosting their annual back to school party on July 24th till July 30th.  Each Day a new prize!  Gift cards, Books, Teaching Heart Products, and more!!!  Plus a free printable will be posted during the week.  You need to visit the blog at; http://teachingheartmom.blogspot.com/ 
daily to check out the prizes each day and enter for the ones you want to win!!!"

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Yes I did changed again

Yes, I changed by blog background (again!). I am trying something new out. Please bear with me as I try to find something more unique for me. I appreciate any comments. Thanks for hanging in there!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Back to School Ideas

Back to school ideas:
Fun in First Grade is having a back to school Linky party and I am listing my ideas. I love everyone’s ideas!! Feel free to comment…I love comments!!!
1. I had a poem on their desks when they came in. They were to read the poem and color the border around it. Later when everyone was settled we read the poem aloud and we discussed the tone, voice, word choices, ect.
I have the poem copied onto a cute page with a border of ABC’s and crayons but my scanner doesn’t want to work and I can’t seem to make things cute in Google docs. I haven’t quite figured out how to make those cute sheets everyone does. So here is the poem:
My crayons still have points-
Their wrappers are untorn.
My pencils are unsharpened-
Erasers aren’t yet worn.
My lunch kit has no dents-
Its’ colorful and new.
My shoes are still unscuffed-
They’re bright and shiny too.
My hair has two red bows-
They’re tucked into my braid.
Today’s a special day-
I’m starting second grade!
-Lagenia Damron

2.*** My favorite!  I read “Cheese, Peas, and Chocolate Pudding” to the students. I told them before I started that every time I said the word cheese they snap, when I said Peas they clapped, and when I said chocolate pudding they would stomp. They have a lot of fun listening to this silly story and doing the actions. It is also a lesson in listening…but shhhh don’t tell them that.
I found a copy of it online. Here is the link. My copy is old and ugly J


3.  I spend a little while telling them about myself and sharing things about me. I made a Powerpoint presentation that I share with them with pictures of my family and Texas where I am from. Then we usually play a game where I have them say their name and one thing about them. The next person has to say that person’s name and one thing about them and then share about themselves. It continues until me (who is last) where I have to say everyone’s name and one thing about them. This helps me remember their names! We usually help out the students who are at the end but they are much better at it than I am!!!

4. There is a poster all about me that I have bought from Really Good Stuff and they fill that out and we share.
5. I read a TON of books on the first day. One set of books I start with is a book on manners. Along with our class rules we make a list of manners to follow throughout the year. We practice our manners ALL the way throughout the year.

6. I also read the “Important Book” and we then write a poem titled The Important Thing About Me.
I take these poems and make a class book that we keep in our reading center.
The important thing about me is that
I am ____________________________________________________________
I like _______________________
I like _______________________
I like ________________________
I like ________________________
I like ________________________
But…
The most important thing about me is that
I am ___________________________________________________________.
** They repeat the first and last line with the same thing.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

100th Day

100th Day
In celebration of TBA 100th day blogging she has started a 100th day LINKY party. Here is what I do on the 100th day (at least what I did in 2nd grade…not sure what I will do in 3rd this year….hmmm)
1. We would color a fake $100 bill and write about what we would do with $100. It is amazing to see the things they think they can get with that money…a car, a house, but I REALLY love it when they talk about giving things to other people or helping poor people. J
2. Draw and write what we will look like at 100 years old. I also have them share what will be different in the world when they are 100. Their answers remind me of the Jetsons.. HA!
3. Write 100 words we know. They think this is hard until realize there are SO many words around the room (on their name tag, word wall, posters.)
4. We make a 100th day snack. We put in 10 items of 10 different things and mix it up. (cereal, M&M’s, peanuts, raisns, ect)
5. We use a 100 board sheet and I give clues to numbers that they color in. When they are done they have colored in squares to make the number 100. The clues are things like color the number that is 10 less than 50, what is 2 tens and 9 ones,ect.
6. I also read 100 day books. They are listed below.
7. We practice skip counting to 100 by 2, 3, 5, 10’s.
8. I am going to try to load up a google doc of some centers we do on the 100th day. Cross your fingers. I had it in really cute fonts but when I copied and pasted it onto google docs it changed it. Maybe my fellow bloggers can help me figure out how to fix that next time. Thanks!

              

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blog Mixer Linky

Yearn to Learn is having a seek and find Blog Mixer Linky party. Let's have some fun spotlighting each other.

Here is my list:
1. A new blogger is ME! I don't know if that is cheating but I just got started less than a month ago. Check me out at Tales of a Third Grade! (http://talesofathirdgrade.blogspot.com/)
I don't have any freebies yet because I am still learning. I would love to find out how everyone creates these GREAT worksheets, center, signs. ect!

2. A blogger on my grade level is Third Grade Gridiron. Awesome site! I had a hard time picking because there are so many! Check out my blog list on my site.

3. A blog on a different grade level is Finally in First. She has some great ideas and a cute blog!

4. My blog button I found is sort of my life motto. I have beat cancer 3 times and I live life to the fullest!!I got it from Shabby Blogs.
Buttercup


.In your link up find the following:

1.  A blogger who is a "New Kid on the Blog"
(Let's say someone who has blogged 2 months or less and has less than 200 followers)

2.  Post a blogger in your same grade level

3.  Post a blogger in a different grade level

4.  It's all about the button. Find a cute blog button and post it.

Spelling with Flickr

Head over to 4th Grade Frolics and check out her post on Spell with Filckr. What a great idea! I can see the endless possibilities in using it for spelling practice, on my blog, writing, labels, ect....the list goes on and on!

My Classroom



I was able to go to my school yesterday for a meet and greet for our new principal. While I was there I was graciously allowed to get in my classroom for a second to grab a few things. Since we aren’t allowed back until the 15th of August this was great! I snapped a quick photo of my room as it is now. As you can see things are piled up high. I found out at the last minute that it looks like I am changing classrooms as well as grade level. Sooooo..I will have A LOT to do come the 15th.  Once I am able to get back into the school I will take a picture of the class I am moving to and how it all looks when it is set up. I am already thinking of how to set up my reading center in my new room to make it cozy!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

500 Followers Giveaway

The Lesson Plan Diva is having her 500 followers giveaway! Go to her page to see her awesome freebies and a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card. I just discovered her blog and love it!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Brain Breaks

Here are some Brain Break sticks that I made. I got the idea from Keep Calm and Teach On. I have added some different breaks that I learned in a workshop this summer. There are TONS more that I am missing but I will need to find my book at school before I add them. I am going to get a cute little bucket from Target to put them in. Brain Breaks are a must to keep kids focused and their fun for me too!!

Please comment if you have ideas for other brain breaks. Thanks!

Staples bargain shopping!!

Staples Deals!
Went to Staples today and got some wonderful one cent deals!! I LOVE back to school bargains! I got:
- 25 packs of black pens (1¢ each)
-25 packs of erasers (1¢ each)
- a six pack of sharpies for $1.00
-a roll of zebra duct tape (I have several ideas for projects for this!)
 -two packs of stickies for 25¢ each
 - packs of mechanical pencils 25¢ each.
They have new deals every week so I can’t wait to see what they have next week.
***If you bring your teacher ID you can get 25 items but if you don’t have it you can only get 2 of each item.
**I also found out that you can ONLY get 2 of the 25 cent items even if you are a teacher. Found that out the hard way.
**They will be having their Teacher Appreciation on August 13th from 9-12. They give you a goodie bag! Office Depot will be having their's the same morning.
Did I ever tell you how much fun it is for me to go school shopping (especially when I get a great deal!)! Yes I am a school supply addict and I admit it. :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

No Teacher Desk?

I am thinking of going without a teacher desk this year. I am moving into a smaller classroom and I won’t really have the space. I don’t sit at my desk anyway except to check work and that is after the kids are gone. I could do that at a table. I am thinking of getting a plastic shelf with drawers to store my supplies in that I usually keep at my desk. I would rather have that as more space for the kids (maybe a table for groups?) Thoughts anyone?  I read a post on Clutter Free Classroom about teacher’s desks. Check out the blog, great ideas!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dollar Tree Finds!!


So I admit that I LOVE shopping for my classroom and I get excited when I find a good deal. I found some great stuff at the Dollar Tree. I am going to steal a quote from Teacher Tipster who said it should be called “The 42 Dollar Tree”! Ha!
My goodies:
-A Cursive Alphabet to go above my board. I almost got one yesterday from our teacher store…I saved 10 dollars by buying it at the dollar store!
-I got four 3-D books which my boys love to read. (3-D Thrillers! Space, 3-D Thrillers! Giant Dinosaurs, 3-D Thrillers! Bugs, 3-D Thrillers! Jungle)
- Several packs of educational sticker charts with commonly misspelled words and cursive that I will have my students put in their writing folders.
_Several baskets….you can NEVER have too many baskets.
_ Two polka dotted trays for math centers. ( I only bought two because I wanted to see if the foam will work on it as a placemat)
-A roll of foam to use as a placemat on the trays to cut down on noise.
So there we are! I tried to hit up Target but their dollar spot was pretty empty.